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Gunahon Ka Faisla (1988)

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Credited cast:
Shatrughan Sinha ...
Birju
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Shanu / Durga
Chunky Pandey ...
Sheru
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Forest officer
Prem Chopra ...
Choudhary
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Dacoit
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Ranjeet ...
Dacoit
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Dinu
Anjana Mumtaz ...
Dinu's wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Satish Kaul
Rajesh Puri
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The Usual.. In Usual Way Too !

Nothing new if you're familiar with this phase of the Indian cinema so its highly eminent commercial formulas. It was good era, at least compared to their movies nowadays (mostly stolen American ones !), though (Gunahon Ka Faisla) is one of its very average examples.

First of all, everything didn't hit a good originality for itself; for instance situation like forcing the female lead to dance over a mountain in front of her enchained lover boy for the evil guys' pastime was identical copy of another scene in Sholay (1975), and so on. Let alone how (Desai)'s super hit Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) left its effective influence clearly whereas the "lost and found" theme, that distinguished it, is here (and in all the era's flicks as well) yet this time with a record number : 3 girls and one man ! They, naturally, got to be lost in the first 10 minutes to be found in the last 10 minutes. But sorry, it's not by any chance a girlie version of (Amar Akbar Anthony) or even close ! And how it could be Indian without a bloody revenge story where the good "founded" guys fight the evil ones who were the reason of separation (and additional crimes as well!), however with nothing slightly creative or catchy about it this round.

Unfortunately the common exaggerations looked so unacceptable unlike other more harmonious works of the same kind at the moment. I even think that it could've worked as great comedy itself since it allowed many weak points to be visible, missing the smart action, comedy, musical numbers, or even the stars' glamour to hide them as usual (I loved couple of lines only !).

Speaking of weakness, I've had a long hard time trying to understand who was the daughter of who? Basically the story lines of the lost kids used to be complicated and well-made, but here they're dull and confusing. Furthermore, review what could provoke cleverly : 2 twin sisters met accidentally and no one of them ever asked "where did I see this face before ?!!", the quartet of badness do nothing but being together "standing" in some palace !, the lead (Chunky Pandey) carries alarm clock with him always before threatening his enemies (that was comic in a wrong place), or how that last one loved the dancer so rapidly? Or why did the pimp come to the last frontier/the mountain at the climactic sequence for nothing else what the lousy script needed (all the bad guys must be eliminated all at once at the end so the audience leave their seats happy), and many more. This script led the whole thing intending more than achieving. So, the holes were bigger this time without much to hide them also, therefore the enjoyment was the first victim to fall down.

The whole cast looked pathetic whether with poor performance and charisma (like Chunky Pandey) or baldy used (like Prem Chopra and Shatrughan Sinha). Even the adorable most charismatic (Pran) was wasted with too dumb scenes, being outwardly as some Mexican rebel from old cowboy movie !, yet he is still the best of what this movie can present.

The most remarkable thing was the absence of the police or any governmental authority. Simply the movie created a world where fairness is made only by the hands of the wronged poor people if they collaborated, be armed, and be as violent as their rich enemies (remember the many capital punishments at the end).

Director (Shibu Mitra) made ordinary job out of this script, managing to make it watchable anyway. But nothing can deny that it is a hasty production which maybe all of its makers did it in limited spare time they had. Vis-a-vis the era's towering flicks with similar plot this movie is the fast teaser of them. Generally it is a clear case for Indian short Masala with all the senses of the word "short", not "Masala" !


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